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Once Upon a Time, 3D Printing, Crowdsourcing & Open Innovation Came Together to Create a Medical Device That Enabled 800 People


  • September 22, 2014

  • This was the theme of our interview keynote with Robohand Founder, Richard Van As. Craig Lipset, Head of Clinical Innovation, R&D, Pfizer interviewed Richard on how he disrupted the cost of prosthetics and created Robohand. Richard had a woodworking accident in May 2011 severing all his fingers on his right hand. Straight out of the hospital, Richard set to work in researching and developing a finger replacement for himself. He discovered after his accident that prosthetics are not affordable for the lay-man, and there are no functioning replacement digits. Richard changed that not just for himself, but for hundreds of others and counting by making the so called impossible, possible. For more information on Richard’s story, see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WT3772yhr0o